2/21/2014

Are You Food Weird?

Are you food weird?  That's what I had someone call me recently.  Yep..."food weird"...lol.  I'm actually NOT food weird.  I'm the farthest you can be from food weird...I just don't enjoy filling my body or my family's with things that are detrimental to our health.  My kids eat cupcakes at birthday parties.  They eat popcorn at the movies.  I even have, *ahem*, those nights where I JUST need to run through a drive thru for dinner...somewhere...anywhere.  Now, it's FAR less often than it used to be, but it does happen.  I mean, if I ENJOY cooking and I ENJOY learning about and making REAL food...then why not DO it and create a healthier lifestyle for my children?  I believe (no one asked me, I just like stating my opinion) that if you rule out certain "fun" foods ALL the time, those are the foods they're going to run to as soon as they're out from under your roof.  However, if you offer them natural foods, healthy foods, less processed foods, they're going to realize that it's not only better for you, but it tastes better and it helps you feel better...then when they DO get a "tasty" processed treat, it's actually going to be something they don't want...often.  I know life is busy...I have one...a life that is...and it's busy.  I won't get into all the details, because we all have our "paths" of busyness, but if we're able to "do better", who WANTS to pump their kids full of MSGs and things they can't even pronounce?  I recently turned over a can of Spaghettios and looked at the back...I think I grew faint...do you know that the list of ingredients in Spaghettios almost fills the entire back of the label?!

I just randomly picked ONE of the ingredients listed, Googled it, and came up with this:

Health Effects

Hydrolyzed corn protein is essentially glutamic acid, which is a type of MSG. MSG has been shown to have negative effects on the human body, such as headaches, nausea, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularity, asthma, and mood swings. Only small amounts in food should be used. Currently, there is no regulation regarding the amounts of MSG that can be present in food. Because hydrolyzed corn gluten has some different components than typical monosodium glutamate (MSG), food labels are not required to state that the ingredient essentially is MSG and has the same side effects as MSG.

Scary, right?  It doesn't SAY MSG, but it is in fact, an MSG.  Now, I don't know a parent out there would would say, "I want to fill my child full of this ingredient that could cause asthma, diarrhea, mood swings"...you get my drift?  Are there parents who say, it's quick and easy to open a can of Spaghettios and we're in a hurry...let's go for it...sure!  I've been one of them.  Actually, is it much more difficult to boil some noodles and mix up your own sauce using a can of tomato sauce?  Not really.  Canned sauces fresh from the garden would be even BETTER, but not everyone has access to fresh canned sauces.

If you look in my pantry, yes, there are cans there.  I do my best to stick to things that have all ingredients I can pronounce and know what they are.  For instance, green beans...I had much rather have fresh green beans, but when my freezer is bare, I grab a few cans.  Is there added sodium?  Sure.  However, I can live with a little added sodium as long as I know it's just green beans, salt and water.

 We're by no means Paleo.  We're not "Clean Eating" every day.  We're just trying to do better and share what we learn along the way.  Sometimes things that seem so obvious really aren't.  Turn those cans around...you might be surprised at what you find.  For me, I know I don't want to fill my children's bodies OR any guests we might have with Hydrolyzed Corn Protein...and you just never know who might end up at our table.  ;)

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